THE OLD BOOTS
THE OLD BOOTS
“Be content with such things as you have. For He
Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
For almost a decade, my three-quarter-of-a-century-old grandmother lived with my family, as I was growing up. One of her daily routines was to take an early morning walk outside in the yard, or along the road. She would open the side kitchen door and step onto our enclosed porch.
There waiting for her were an old pair of black rubber boots. They were those shin high - black rubber - four buckled - with a zipper inside - galoshes type - with red cleats on the bottoms. To my grandmother, those old black boots were special.
They were always there, ready willing and able for usage. They were easy to get into. They were so big that you could have placed an 18-wheel truck inside along with her feet. They went wherever she went and protected her feet from the harmful elements found outside her home.
Those boots insulated her from the mud of the garden, the stain of the freshly mowed lawn, the dust of the road and the pebbles along the walk. And yes, she told me many times that those old boots were extremely comfortable to wear.
A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is in some ways similar to the one my grandmother enjoyed with those old boots. For, He is always there. He is never far from us. When the journey of life takes us to places outside the security of our comfort zone - there He is - offering to go with us. Like those old walking boots, an association with God is easy for us to "get into".
It is not difficult to "put on" the love of Christ. It is practical. His grace is inclusive enough to embrace all of our idiosyncrasies. Like those old boots, Christ is our protector. He guards our soul from becoming polluted with the filth of transgressions that can so easily beset us.
When we place our faith in Him, we are outfitted to walk "wherever” - to share God's love with "whomever" - "whenever" He beckons us to. And just like those old boots, Jesus wants to be our best friend.
The good news is that the comfort of His grace is easy to live with and partnership in His work is never overwhelming.